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MALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
In 2006, the COGP Tour was dominated in the men's singles division by two players who between them won 10 of the 13 titles. And of those 10 titles, 6 were won by Shawn Worth. He captured the winner's trophy at the Unlimited, Tennisfax, Academy, South Central, New Albany and the Masters tournaments. Worth's only losses came in the tough, prize money Holiday and Hardcourt events. With a #2 ranking, 24-3 singles record, 6 singles titles and a win over the #1 player in their only meeting last summer, Worth earned his 3rd Tennisfax/COGP Male Player of the Year award.
FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
In 1995, Lucy Mitchell earned her 4th Player of the Year award on the COGP Tour. Now, 11 years later, she's won her 5th. Mitchell went 7-0 in women's singles matches winning 3 titles (Bexley, the Central Ohio and Reynoldsburg). Along with the #1 women's singles ranking and a 35 mixed doubles title at the Central Ohio (with Kenny Stevens), Mitchell was named the Tennisfax/COGP Female Player of the Year.
SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
For the 2nd straight year, Dave Goins has been named the Senior Player of the Year on the COGP summer tour. In 2005, Goins won 5 men's 55 singles titles. Last year he won 6 (Lancaster, Bexley, Tennisfax, the Central Ohio, Westerville and Reynoldsburg). Two years ago he had a 12-2 singles record, improving that to 14-1 in 2006. And yes, he repeated as the #1 Tennisfax/COGP men's 55 singles player. Goins also held onto his #1 ranking in men's 45 doubles with his partner, Randy Stewart. Together they won Lancaster and were finalists at Whitehall and Reynoldsburg. Sometimes, history really does repeat itself.
JUNIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tyler Cempre's summer on the 2006 COGP circuit was a performance in two acts. In the first act, Cempre competed in four B16 singles tournaments finishing as a quarterfinalist at the Columbus Fall Classic, a finalist at the Bernard Master Junior Open, a semifinalist at the Holiday event and a winner at Academy. He finished Act I with a 12-3 match record and the #1 B16 singles ranking. Act II was all in the B18 age group where Cempre was unbeatable. He compiled a 13-0 match record winning 4 singles titles (the Tournament at the 'Tree IV and VI, at New Albany and the Masters) and one B18d title (New Albany with Nick Kowalczyk). Cempre is also ranked #1 in B18s and #5 in B18d. For his outstanding performance last year, Cempre was named the Tennisfax/COGP Junior Player of the Year.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Coming into the 2006 season, Willie Crawford was the #19 ranked M45s player on the COGP Tour. During this past season, he compiled an impressive 8-2 match record where he knocked off the top 3 players from 2005. After a semifinal finish at Bexley, Crawford beat the #2 ranked player in the Groveport final. At the Central Ohio, Crawford beat #3 in the first round on his way to the final. And to top it all off, Crawford defeated 2005's #1 for the Westerville title. He finished the year at #1 and was selected as the tour's Most Improved Player for 2006.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
It's likely that no one will make as spectacular a debut on the COGP tour as Scott Sajowitz did in 2006. With a 19-1 match record, 4 men's singles titles (Bexley, Central Ohio, Dublin and Reynoldsburg), a men's doubles title at Westerville and a mixed doubles title at Bexley, Sajowitz was a clear choice as the COGP Newcomer of the Year.
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Les Varnado's last appearance on the COGP tour was in men's 35 singles in 1992. Fourteen years later, he returned to the circuit to win the South Central men's 55 singles. He also was champion at New Albany and a finalist at Westerville to earn the #2 men's 55 singles ranking and the Comeback Player award.
SHANE ROUSH SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Chuck McNamee might be the most friendly player ever to compete on the COGP tour. And if that's not enough, he's a truly humble champion who's always complimentary of his opponents. On the last year's COGP tour, McNamee was undefeated winning 3 men's 65 singles titles (Lancaster, Bexley and South Central). In 2006, no one was more deserving of the Shane Roush Sportsmanship award.
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